Beijing Foreign Studies University evolved from the Yan'an School of Foreign Languages based on the Russian Language Unit of the Third Branch of the Chinese People's Anti-Japanese Military and Political College. The latter was established by the Communist Party of China in response to the development of the war against the Japanese invasion. Ever since its initiation, the Party Central Committee and the late Chinese leaders, including Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, have provided great care and teachings for the development of the university. BFSU has been China's principal base offering training in foreign language learning and teaching. BFSU was affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from its establishment to the early 1980s and it is currently a key university under the Ministry of Education.
BFSU qualified for the first round of the competition in its efforts to enter the "211Project", launched by the Ministry of Education in 1996. The initial success is a hallmark in the history of the development of BFSU. BFSU aims at developing into a world class university known for its excellence in language learning/research and multi-disciplinary studies and providing learning opportunities that cater to the growing needs in Chinese society for well-trained and competent professionals with high levels of proficiency in foreign languages.
Some 115 faculty members are recognized by the state for their academic performance and receive state subsidies.
CTB/McGraw-Hill and Beijing Foreign Studies University Initiate R&D Project Approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education
Mar 10, 2010; CTB/McGraw-Hill announced an agreement with Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) to conduct a three-year research study on...